Minister Lee Yi Shyan has come out to criticise that Channel 8 dramas serials are too shallow.
Mr Lee, who is the Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development, caught the controversial "Love Thy Neighbour" drama yesterday evening and posted his thoughts on Facebook.
In his post, he asked why the characters in Channel 8 dramas shout and fight so much. He feels that the characters communicate too little and fail to express themselves sufficiently.
He also feels that the actors seem to express their feelings through crying and shouting rather than through their lines, which lack depth.
He also pointed out that drama serials in countries like China have well-written lines that convey feelings and can touch audiences.
The minister believes that only people who are unable to express themselves properly will resort to anger. He thinks that well-written lines on TV will provide children with good examples to follow and help them learn to communicate better.
Local playwright Hong Rong Di agrees with the minister that Chinese dramas could do with more depth.
Hong said, "We tend to use more expressive words when writing the lines of lawyers and doctors, but not so with most common folk. If everyone speaks in learned tones, the drama will seem unrealistic."
Hong also explained that as Singapore's Chinese language standards are not as high as that of China, the writers tend to use less complicated words in the scripts.
The artistes also gave their take on the matter.
Cavin Soh, a cast member of "Love Thy Neighbour", feels that there is no right or wrong in art. While some people may feel there is too much fighting, others may prefer it that way.
Veteran actress Xiang Yun points out that many recent drama serials focus on the issues faced by common folk in Singapore, so they tend to have simpler lines. This may be what led the minister to think that local drama serials lack depth.
Xiang Yun recalls, "In the past when we did period dramas, we had to memorise lines of poems. Lines with more depth will be scripted when the scenario calls for it."
anyone here watched it??